Williams Makes 23

By Alex on January 20, 2012 at 3:37p
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It didn't take long after his Ohio State unofficial visit for Camren Williams to make up his mind on where he would be going to school. In fact, it only took a few hours for him to make it official that he would become an Ohio State Buckeye, letting the world know via Twitter of his decision.

If that's not enough, on Facebook, Williams said:

After talking it over with my family. I have decided that I will attend THE Ohio State University. It's the best fit for me academically, athletically, and socially. I'm a Buckeye! Go Bucks

The 6-2/200 linebacker from Catholic Memorial in West Roxbury, Massachusetts took an official visit back in December to Ohio State and loved what he saw. There was a feeling then that the Buckeyes could really make a play for the 4-star prospect, especially with Penn State, the school he was committed to, without a head coach until over a week into January. Williams wanted to make the return trip with his mom to Columbus, doing so this weekend, obviously a visit that validated what he felt after his first experience in Columbus.

Williams becomes the 23rd member of this class and the 4th linebacker, joining Josh Perry, Luke Roberts, and David Perkins. There is a chance of a fifth linebacker joining the mix, as Durham (NC) Hillside's Jamal Marcus is visiting Columbus this weekend.

There is also the chance that the 24th member of the class may not be too far off from announcing as well. Williams' best friend, teammate, and godson of his father Brent, Armani Reeves, joined Williams on their trip to Columbus for an official visit. Reeves is a 4-star corner back, now a position of need for Ohio State, and is considering OSU, Michigan, and Penn State, where he is still currently a soft verbal.

We will try to catch up with Camren Williams to get the word from the horse's mouth on what made him make the switch, as well as see what he will do to try and flip his good friend Armani Reeves. The Urban Train keeps rolling so stay tuned to 11W for the latest news.

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Maestro's picture

The furious pace that this is all happening is really incredible.  

Dodson and Reeves or Neal please.

vacuuming sucks

dancorona5's picture

this week has been very, very good!!

njc2o's picture

anyone have a good reference for where we're at as far as scholly limits and oversigning goes? 

Maestro's picture

They are at 82 right now I believe.

vacuuming sucks

Nutbuck1959's picture

what now? More dismissals? Medicals? Seems like Urbz will make room somehow.

Maestro's picture

Well J. Berry is pretty widely considered gone I think.  Adam Griffin could become a walk-on and free up a scholly.  There may be some of the 23 that don't actually sign or make it academically (Southward and others perhaps).

vacuuming sucks

Alex's picture

I thought the same on Berry, but as of yesterday he was still lifting with Troy Sutton in the WHAC

Maestro's picture

OK, so they are at 82...........let the "oversigning" begin I guess.

vacuuming sucks

Alex's picture

I believe as of now he is....

Nick's picture

If Berry can get his act together he would be a great fit in Meyer's offense. 

Bucksnut13's picture

I completely agree with this. Him and Hall could become a poor mans Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey from Fla

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog

tampa buckeye's picture

If berry ever gets his head out of his ass he could be great in this offense.  That is a big IF.

Jdadams01's picture

Gotta think this is exactly what the staff has told him.

Northbrook's picture

If the staff keep taking verbals I expect they know how to fit these guys in. I'd be very surprised if they were just taking a 'hope things work out' approach.

 

It seems they would still take Marcus, Dodson & Cox. It will be interesting to see where the room comes from. Hell, I'm already counting Reeves as in. I have confidence in Urbz as a recruiter and Alex as a reporter.

I forgot about Neal. How ARE we going to fit everybody in?

Alex's picture

told you guys I liked the chances here....I expect Reeves to be a Buckeye too...would be surprised if that didn't happen

Bucksnut13's picture

Thanks, Alex keep up the good work.

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog

rjsmitty's picture

Alex,   Whats your guess as to why he would not have commited with his good friend Cam? Any thoughts? That Makes me think he may not have felt tOSU was the right place for him.

Alex's picture

This was his first time in Columbus....Williams was there back in December...he just got back today, has a bball game tonight...probably wants to talk to his family before making any announcement

rjsmitty's picture

Alex, I guess I misunderstood. I thought his family was on the trip along with the Williams'. Time will tell I guess. I believe Urbs will get the guy who's the best fit.

 

Alex's picture

No Wiliams' mom was there not Reeves' family

tampa buckeye's picture

The days of the 3 star kids are long gone.  I think this class is shaping up to be the best since 08' maybe better.

Buckeyejason's picture

Last years class was pretty damn good I have to say. I think people are writing a lot of those guys off already since this class has began to erupt. Steve Miller, Kenny Hayes, etc were highly touted themselves.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Doug Funnie's picture

I have to agree with you on that, we will be very deep at DE

Poison nuts's picture

I agree this class is looking good - I also remember a 3 star named James Lauranitis so stars aren't everything...That said - these interviews with these recruits have me believing they are pretty special and the future looks bright (knocking on wood) so far!

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Your obsession with stars is so incredibly asinine. They mean close to nothing.

capn's picture

will you be talking to the two today? How will this set up for Neal????

Capn, Make It So...

Alex's picture

working on it...think I'll be able to at least get Cam

capn's picture

Your just having way to much fun. Aren't you!?

Capn, Make It So...

Alex's picture

A LOT....hard to concentrate on my day job

Northbrook's picture

I hope you will be able to give that up soon if you want to.

capn's picture

With the recruits we have now and the one that we will possible get. this will put us over our limit... right?

 

Capn, Make It So...

rampageripster's picture

It is a FANTASTIC time to be a Buckeye fan if you ask me

Cause I couldn't go for three

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Damn right!   2012/2013/2014 are gonna be sweet

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

rjsmitty's picture

Holy Buckeye!!! Great LB & DL recruiting class for the Silver Bullets.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

SWEEEEEETTTTT!!!!! Welcome aboard the Buckeye Nation, Camren!!!  You are REALLY going to enjoy your next 4 years iin a Buckeye uniform!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Kyle's picture

I love Urbz just trolling the shit out of Penn Shtate. 

tampa buckeye's picture

Ohio State = Big Ten all star team

DMcDougal24's picture

Part of me feels sympathy for them. That would be us if Meyer didn't come along, but ultimately Penn State took way too long to get a replacement and didn't get the name they needed.

tedglover's picture

Hey, I just looked this up on Google Translator.  When you type in 'Urban Meyer', in German in comes back as 'Bad Ass Recruiter.  In French, it comes back as 'Bad Ass Recruiter', in Swahili, it comes back as 'Bad Ass Recruiter', and in Michigander it comes back as 'we're gooned.  Not...good'.

I'm totally serious.

Bucksnut13's picture

Haha thats sick.

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog

Bucksnut13's picture

I tried it and it doesnt work.

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog

Bucksnut13's picture

shut up. He fooled me when he said "im totally serious". Plus, sometimes on microsoft word you can change the spelling corrections to whatever you want so i thought it was something like that

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog

BuckeyeJim's picture

Oh that is too funny. :)

flipbuckeye's picture

Nick Saban has a scholarship saved for you.

Poison nuts's picture

Now that's funny!

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Man, this has got to be the best recruiting week we've ever had. Reeves + one more tackle, and I'd be happy.

What I'm enjoying about this current run is all the people we're getting from nontraditional sources for the Buckeyes:  Massachusetts, Colorado, and South Bend. It looks like we're going to be even more of a "national" program under Urban than we were under Tressel.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater's picture

I love it....."Casting a wide net" as Alex has referred to it....and it seems to be working....getting guys out of places we never even thought of before....

buckeyeEddie27's picture

WAH-HOO!!!!     This is just unbeleiveable to sit back and watch unfold.   This has to be the best defensive class ever!     (is it?)

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

bassplayer7770's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation, Cam!

JasonBuck's picture

Alex thanks for all your great work, I know us members keep telling you over and OVER again, but again thank you!  And I SOOOOOOOO hope Reeves commits next.  You should see Cam's twitter blowing up because PSU fans feel so scorned one even said "well we'll be kicking your butt for the next 4 years", lol, have to love those PSU fans soooooo not right in the head!

Bucks43201's picture

wow --- those PSU fans are delusional

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Squirrel Master's picture

OSU would kick the crap out of PSU without Camren. but with him I can almost guarantee PSU is going to lose to OSU.

look at the difference,

2011: Sabino, Sweat, Klein

possible 2012: Williams, Shazier, Perkins

I think even with the youth, there is a major talent upgrade.

 

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Buckeye in Athens's picture

Yeah, let's not count this guy out

Buckeyejason's picture

I doubt 2 freshman start next season..look for Sabino an Klein to start again with Shazier.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Ethan's picture

Klein doesn't fit the fast, athletic linebacker mold that Urban likes. I don't think he'll start next year

Buckeye in Athens's picture

I agree. I'm thinking maybe Sabino, Shazier, and either Grant or Williams. 

Squirrel Master's picture

I was just pointing out the possibility of the most talented lineup. Wasn't deliberately leaving out Grant. He is a stud. Just thinking of the future at hand.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Alex's picture

thank YOU all for reading

Bucksnut13's picture

He is an outside LB right?

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog

Morgan's picture

bless you, grey box of death! bless you!

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

UM sure is signing a lot of three stars.......

Banned from ATO since June 3rd 2PMish PST

Buckeyejason's picture

Stars don't mean shit

BUCKEYES BABY!

BTwrestle04's picture

^^ What he said. And if you're going to look at the number of stars someone is, please don't use ESPN. They are the worst recruiting site out there, by far. Use rivals, scout, or 247sports.

buckeyechad's picture

I hate that when people say UM i no longer know if they're talking about m*chigan or our head coach...

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

I would never call coach Meyer that.

Banned from ATO since June 3rd 2PMish PST

Run_Fido_Run's picture

We could differentiate between the two by abreviating one UfM and the other fUM.

439LawDog's picture

"UM sure is signing a lot of three stars......."

Not that I wish them any luck in finding a diamond in the rough but wasn't

the almighty AJ HAWK rated 3 stars?

 

lippertini's picture

Yes, also Troy Smith, Chekwa, Sanzenbacher, Robiskie, Hartline, Gamble, Laurinaitis, Malcolm Jenkins and Santonio Holmes.  Stars mean something, for sure, but I'd trust the (current and past) staff even more. 

buckeyedude's picture

I agree. A 3* doesn't mean a player sucks. Sometimes, as in a case like AJ Hawk or Dane Sanzenbacher, they are out to prove the experts wrong. The experts cannot measure the size of a kid's heart with a tape measure or stopwatch. But if the star rating meant nothing, then the Akron Zips would have a real shot at playing for an NC this fall.

 

 

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater's picture

YES....was really hoping this one would come to fruition...an as usual, Alex had the scoop on this kid from the day he hit out radar, great work again Alex.....now, slap Dodson, Reeves and Neal on this class and let's call it a day....

ATXbucknut's picture

This week has been so great. But...I will feel down next week because it can't get any better than this week.  Oh well, I'll just enjoy the he!! out of this weekend and glory in the unbelievableness of the wizard Urban Meyer.  Go Buckz! 

dgrubbs's picture

Alex I remember you saying that Cam was your fvrote LB prospect the Buckeyes were going after. And ive learned to never doubt your judgement. What makes him a better prospect than Perkins or Marcus in your opinion?

Bucksnut13's picture

YES. i have that same question as well. I do not think that his video is as good as Perkins's or Marcus's

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog

Alex's picture

the freak athletes always shine in the highlight reel...watch the FULL game films, guarantee you Williams impresses you more

Bucksnut13's picture

Yeah thats true, they only put good and positive plays on the highlight tapes, no missed assignments or missed tackles.

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog

Alex's picture

Perkins is a FREAK athlete, who will be very good as a pass-rusher, just needs to improve his coverage skills and playing more in control

Marcus played DE in high school and will need to make the adjustment

Williams is the total package...tackling, getting to the ball, ability to rush the QB, drop in coverage...absolute game ready player who has the NFL pedigree to go with it

Squirrel Master's picture

Well with that thought, would it make more sense for OSU to play Camren williams at middle and take over the role of next great OSU MLB. Then Shazier could move to outside where his talents can roam free. right?

 

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Alex's picture

Shazier is already outside at WLB......

I think Williams could play MLB (after Sabino is done), Shazier at WLB, and Perkins at SLB down the road

Josh Perry will be a tough kid to keep off the field too but may end up playing Viper (hybrid LB first/DE) or LEO (hybrid DE first/LB)

Squirrel Master's picture

gotcha. It just seemed like Shazier was more of the MLB because he was on the play more than Sabino. everytime there was a tackle Shazier was right there. but I guess that is because I look at Shazier and Sabino and don't see a true MLB in either of them.

So Williams taking over that role to me looks very promising. and I think Meyer will have most players on a clean slate and it will be open tryouts. Perkins and Williams will get a look at starting!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

lippertini's picture

I also believe Williams and Shazier would likely need to gain some more weight to play MLB, right?  Grant and Sabino have the body for it right now.

Riggins's picture

I thought Grant was supposed to be an All-Everything MLB.  Is he not at the calibur of these recruits we're bringing in?  Are you giving up on him already after he struggled to get on the field this year?

Alex's picture

Grant will be a SAM or MIKE....can't give up on him yet....just meant when these guys play together eventually that's how they'd line up...actually think Grant is going to be excellent in Cbus

Riggins's picture

Got ya. Thanks for clearing that up.

Et_Tu_OSU's picture

When Grant's head can keep up with his body (2012?), he is going to be a BEAST - the thought of him and Shazier playing the next three years together gives me buck-bumps.

"The revolution will be televised."

Maestro's picture

If you watch his junior film compared to his senior film there is obvious growth.  Better balance, better routes to the ball, better body position when tackling.  Kid has a ton of talent.  Just looks like a football player.

vacuuming sucks

Baroclinicity's picture

Gets better and better.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

luckynewman13's picture

man, Penn State tweeters sure are class acts

/sarcasm

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I am guessing that delusional bubble they have been living in regarding the impacts of the Sandusky scandal and how it will not negatively impact their football program because 'We Are Penn State' is starting to pop!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

rampageripster's picture

it's like someone stole their girlfriend... then their ex... then their new girlfriend... and is about to steal another... :D

Cause I couldn't go for three

cdsperr's picture

At this point I expect Urban to get into his Delorean and take their prom date too

Run_Fido_Run's picture

LOL, but please explain. What is the stick thing? It looks like an extra-large basting brush, which Urbz just dipped into a vat of butter.

I must say that is a decadent way to poach . . . in butter instead of water. In other words, Urbz-style poaching could be detrimental to the health of Jabbas and other coaches with heart conditions.

Denny's picture

Paula Deen likes your logic.

Taquitos.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Paula Deen poaches a few eggs or a 12-once salmon filet - that's too easy. Has she ever poached a 220 lb. man-cheetah?  

Denny's picture

Awww, but I want my flash-poached buffalo noooowww...

Taquitos.

D-Day0043's picture

If you can't beat em, join em. Urban Meyer that is. Urban Meyer is a machine. I have never seen anything like what I am wittnessing. Looks like Urban is beating scUM in the first order of business - recruiting. I think I just heard a collective "oh sh*t" coming from up north!

I am D-Day0043 and I approve this message.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Hey Kalis - you might want to spend just a bit more time in the weight room the next 4 years, especially your back and gluts since you're going to be spending quite a bit of time on them during The Game!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I don't know. Kalis does have a point . . . In coming years, Kalis might not have to worry that much about getting bloodied-up by Ohio State defenders who will be too busy bolting to the ball carrier . . .

I mean, Kalis can do his thing, while the Silver Bullets do their thing, n'er the twain shall meet.  

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

haha, that pic is awsome.

Banned from ATO since June 3rd 2PMish PST

Northbrook's picture

Very nice. +abizillion

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

NICE!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

KE's picture

Rivals has OSU up to the #3 spot in the 2012 recruiting class, just a few point behind Texas. A real shot to end up the second best recruting class in the country. Given that two months ago OSU was barely in the top 25, it's been quite a turnaround.

Squirrel Master's picture

Dude, throw a warning out. I was still on last post. lol DAMN!!!! this is sooooo awesome.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

thatlillefty's picture

This past month has been unreal... hope his buddy signs too

superbuck's picture

You know all the bragging thats going on at that school up north that their back with Hoke as their coach , not one has realized those were Rich Rods recruits . So much for that . GO BUCKS next year in THE SHOE  Buckeyes 70  Michigan 7 When this mighty defense holds DR to 21 yards and 3 first downs , and sacked 6 times bank on it our speed on def will be awesome.THANK GOD FOR URBAN MEYER.

OH-IO

Squirrel Master's picture

everyone talks about SEC speed. well I am starting to think this is going to blow that speed away. This keeps up, everyone on this team is going to be 6'5'', 240 and can run 4.3's. lol

 

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Orlando Buckeye's picture

Fireballs from their eyes and bolts of lightning from their arses.

superbuck's picture

And as far as Kalis goes don't be real hard on him. I think he'll switch back before signing day

OH-IO

BTwrestle04's picture

You're joking right?

Northbrook's picture

I think that is an angst inducer for our friends to the north and I don't mean the canadians.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

No room on the wagon anymore - his chance has gone!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Poison nuts's picture

Agreed - they can have him. #thatshipsailed

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

BuckeyeJim's picture

Too late now. He has his head up his Bielema anyway.

Maestro's picture

Super, that ship has sailed...........it's not only in a different time zone it's now in another hemishpere.  Kalis is dead to OSU.

vacuuming sucks

Doug Funnie's picture

I am very excited to see Williams come aboard.  Got to love kids with NFL pedigrees.  As I am super thrilled about OSU's recruiting as of late, the Big Ten overall has not been recruiting so hot.  I looked at rankings for the SEC on scout and they had all SEC schools ranked in the top 33  (Mississippi was the only SEC school outside of the top 33 at 57).

Meanwhile the Big Ten had 2 schools in the top 33.  Now I understand that recruiting is not an end all for the product on the field, teams sometimes have off years in recruiting, don't have needs to address, maybe the SEC recruits are over-rated.  I don't know, but I hope this lack recruiting to other B1G schools does not affect the long term success of the product on the field.  I really enjoy watching good Big Ten football.

And also "thanks" to the Doug Funnie references on the other post, I chose the name to represent my "roots".

 

Can we put this on a 11W t-shirt?

"We WERE Penn State"

Lincoln's picture

I love UFM.. That is all

Buckeyejason's picture

I like getting these great recruits and it's very exciting as OSU fans, but can we wait and see how these kids adjust to college life, compete against OTHER former H.S. studs in practice before we label every guy that commits an immediate starter next season, a future all-American and next great Buckeye (insert position) here.

A lot goes on and can happen in 4 years and I..as well as a lot of you have seen it all. Hope they succeed and kick ass when they get here but unfortunately not all of them will be staters...let alone stars.

BUCKEYES BABY!

buckeyechad's picture

I agree, I am as excited as anyone but almost none of these kids will be starting as freshmen

Riggins's picture

Ha! Keep your wet blanket to yourself. 

We just went through the worst 12 months of my Ohio State life.  Nothing but negative news stories for a full calendar year.  I'm wringing every last drop of excitement that I can out of the "potential" that Urban is bringing to campus.  We know that not all of these guys are going to pan out, but these recruiting "victories" feel good.  The sun is shining in Columbus after a year of thunderstorms. 

btalbert25's picture

It's not so much that every one of these recruits is going to be a starter and dominate, it's that every one of these recruits are really good, the sheer volume of great players he is bringing in is amazing.  They may not all turn out to be stars, but if half do, WOW.  That's exciting.  Not to mention when has OHio State ever had a recruiting week like this?  I've never seen one. 

buckeyechad's picture

I understand all of that, the more good recruits the odds of more good players is much higher. It's just kind of funny when people are saying denard wont be able to handle perkins and williams and other guys in this class when they probably won't be on the same field as denard much, if at all. 

Buckeyejason's picture

+1 ^^ this guy feels me

No homo

BUCKEYES BABY!

Mush's picture

It is exiting! Plus these kids will get "coached up" thus increasing the chances for these kids to excel and get better every year. I do hope that UFM keeps some of Tressel's traditions, i.e. Carmen Ohio.

DMcDougal24's picture

Alex do you think Marcus still has a commitable offer despite commitments from Williams and Perkins or do you think that Meyer & Co. will wait to see what happens before extending committable offers to guys not named Neal, Reeves, Dodson, and Diamond?

Alex's picture

Yes I think he does

bassplayer7770's picture

I think I recall somebody retweeting that Cam is finished with high school.  Is there a chance he could enroll in March to get a head start?

HolyBuckeye1093's picture

Urban Meyer is a recruiting machine! Maybe he is a machine !! NSD is Judgement Day!!

buckeyedude's picture

Sweet. That would be a cool T-shirt, Holy.

 

 

robert goulet's picture

Every day this week, a commit. This is ridiculous! But as great as this is, Dodson or Diamond has to come in here. Athletes and depth in the secondary are needed but to me, we need to build up the trenches, especially the OL.

BuckeyePride's picture

I started coming to this site shortly before Thanksgiving and since I check this site 5 times a day! Thanks so much for all the work that you do!  Living in South Bend, IN I don't get to hear Buckeye sports all day so this is my refuge.  Thanks again!

How Firm Thy Friendship....

Alex's picture

No thank you for reading

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Wow - the PSU fanbase is f@#$ing pissed!!!  I had to laugh at some of the thread and comments I was reading.  On the bright side for PSU - at least Urban is taking the focus off of the Sandusky scandal. 

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

gbdawg's picture

Alex your recruiting updates is the reason I donated to the site.

ATXbucknut's picture

This week has been like Hanukkah.

Scott K's picture

A gift every day....well played sir!

"There's a fine line between stupid, and....clever.  David St. Hubbins/Nigel Tufnel

GreenDog1's picture

Go Urban Go!

Go Bucks!  Michigan sucks!